**PHOTOS: Making Memories Photography/Eileen Carter***
DUNLAP, Tenn.–You have to stay a on bull longer than it took Sequatchie County to score its first touchdown in Friday night’s 50-16 win over Cannon County on Homecoming night.
Seven seconds was all it took for Ethan Barker to hit Alec Hudson for a 28-yarder, but the Indians didn’t even receive the ball. Hudson grabbed in in stride on a pooched kickoff attempt down the sideline.
The Indians finally tackled homecoming night and a moved to 8-0 for the first time since 1990. And recalling that era, head Coach Adam Caine was reminded of the teams he played in against the Indians as a Blue Tornado.
“That ’88 [Sequatchie County] team was a really gritty team,” Caine said. “What I really remember was that they really cared about each other. You know, we’re not pretty at times, and we’ll make bone-headed mistakes sometimes, but these kids really want to win and they really love each other. So it’s kind of reminiscent of those teams.”
After the quick score, the Lions’ Jake Walkup hit a 48-yard field goal with about eight minutes left in the first, giving Cannon County their first points of the game.
Preseason All-State linebacker and utility fullback Hunter Davenport dipped in for a two-yard touchdown about two minutes later, also joggin in for the 2-point conversion. He rushed for another score–this time a 4-yarder– a minute into the second half. Junior quarterback Ethan Barker would follow suit with a 80-yard touchdown run later in the 2nd quarter.
Putting the nail of the first-half coffin, Davenport intercepted Cannon County’s Josh Walkup and took it to the house for a 22-yard spurt. The Indians took a 37-9 lead into the homecoming halftime festivities.
Coming out in the second half, the downpour would continue with the mercy rule implemented in the 3rd quarter. The Indians would take the Region 4-3A matchup in stride, 50-16.
“I knew coming in that they could score some points,” Caine said. “The key was, when we got up early, to put the nail in the coffin and get the clock running. We just couldn’t seem to get it done. Don’t get me wrong…I’ve got a good football team. We’ve still got to play a good team next week in Grundy County. I know they’re going to pose a lot of problems for us.”
The Indians play host to Valley and Region rival Grundy County next week while Cannon County takes week ten off in preparation for week eleven’s matchup with Dekalb County.
And though they’ve not been 8-0 since 1990, the Indians are falling back on their own ways, much like a retired rodeo cowboy: still having the guts to give it another go.
CCHS — 3 | 6 | 0 | 7 || 16
SCHS — 16 | 21 | 7 | 6 || 50
1st (11:53) Ethan Barker, 28-yard Pass to Alec Hudson [Stevens 2-Pt. Conversion]–Sequatchie County 8, Cannon County 0
1st (8:27) Jake Walkup, 48-Yard Field Goal–Sequatchie County 8, Cannon County 3
1st (6:30) Hunter Davenport, 2-Yard Rush [Stephens 2-Pt. Conv. Good]–Sequatchie County 16, Cannon County 3
2nd (11:09) Hunter Davenport, 4-Yard Rush [Martinez Kick Good]–Sequatchie County 23, Cannon County 3
2nd (6:36) Ethan Barker, 80-Yard Rush [Martinez Kick Good]—Sequatchie County 30, Cannon County 3
2nd (6:16) Hunter Davenport, 19-Yard Interception [Martinez Kick Good]—Sequatchie County 37, Cannon County 3
2nd (:44) Josh Walkup, 4-Yard Pass to Jake Walkup–Sequatchie County 37, Cannon County 9
3rd (5:31) Hunter Davenport, 11-Yard Rush [Martinez Kick Good]–Sequatchie County 44, Cannon County 9
4th (11:36) Ethan Barker, 46-Yard Rush [Martinez Kick No Good]—Sequatchie County 50, Cannon County 9
4th (6:49) Josh Walkup, 44-Yard Pass to Alex Clark [Walkup Kick Good]–Sequatchie County 50, Cannon County 16